Facebook’s Internet.org initiative has faced various raging thought of it violating net neutrality. Its CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday announced that the platform has made free basic internet services available to over 800 million people in nine countries, Kenya, Zambia and India among the countries.
Internet.org is a Facebook-led initiative which it aims to bring five billion people online in partnership with tech giants like Samsung and Qualcomm. Facebook has also partnered with Telecommunication companies such as Airtel to help realize its dream of offering free internet access for basic services.
“Internet.org, our effort to connect everyone in the world to the Internet, continues to gather momentum. We’ve now made free basic internet services available to over 800 million people in nine countries,” said Zuckerberg during a Q1-earnings call. He added that over seven million people, who weren’t connected to the internet before, now use Internet.org to get online. Earlier, he has defended that programmes such as Internet.org can co-exist with net neutrality norms.
‘Over 70% revenue from mobile ads’
Washington: Facebook on Thursday revealed that its first quarter revenue was $3.45 billion, a 42% increase from the year-ago period, though it failed to meet expectations.
However, the shift to mobile continued, with 73% of its revenue coming from mobile ads as opposed to 59% for this period last year, reported ‘The Verge’.